Financial Support

Victoria Chin

I am particularly inspired by the structure and geometric forms found in architecture, which resonates throughout my work. I use a spatial approach to create experiential installations that explore themes of time and memory.


Exhibition Assistance Loan & Line of Credit
Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program

Craft Ontario is a third-party recommender for the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Program. The program provides individual artists with $500 to $2,000 to assist with the cost involved in producing, or taking part in, an upcoming exhibition.

As an OAC Exhibition Assistance program recommender, Craft Ontario reviews and recommends craft-related applicants via the Nova Application Portal. Approved applications are reviewed by a committee and forwarded to the OAC once the grant recipients are chosen.


Please Read: OAC Grant Details & Guidelines

Stay tuned for Craft Ontario's upcoming 2023 application submission deadlines!

To access the new NOVA application portal click here

APPLY HERE - OAC Application Portal


Tips to completing your application successfully:

  • Complete the online application form (link below).
  • Include a resume that outlines your artistic training, accomplishments and past exhibitions.
  • Include a copy of an exhibition confirmation document. This document must indicate the location and the opening/closing dates of your upcoming show. Acceptable documents include a letter signed by the gallery director, curator or organizer, an exhibition contract, rental agreement or insurance document.
  • Provide a selection of 10 digital images of your current work. Submit a corresponding list identifying the date, title, technique/medium and dimensions of each work.
  • For your budget, include a breakdown of expenses that are your responsibility when preparing and producing the exhibition. Ensure that all expenses you include are eligible according to the Ontario Arts Council guidelines.
  • Please ensure that you are applying under Craft, as we are not able to grant funding to Visual Arts applications. 

To submit your application to Craft Ontario, all applications must be received through the OAC Nova application system:

For more information, please contact Elycia SFA, Member Relations + Programs Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Loan & Line of Credit

This program is for arts professionals that find themselves in a position where change is essential. You may be a visual or craft-based artist undertaking a new community installation that requires a budget beyond your individual means, or you could be a maker taking a trip to another city to exhibit your work.

The Creative Arts Credit Union is a financial institution designed exclusively to meet creative practitioners needs.

Creative Arts can also structure a personal line of credit to help you meet your business goals.
Our Self-Promotion Loan is available as a line of credit — of $5,000 or more — for qualified borrowers. For members who want the discipline of a fixed repayment schedule, you can choose from levels of monthly payments to retire the drawn balance over a three-year term.

Apply online or phone 416. 642. 6749 or toll free: 877-643-3660


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Who We Are

Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.